• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Legal Services
  • HNC (SCQF Level 7)


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Intro to the course:

Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) are for adults who have few or no formal qualifications and who have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if you have Highers or an Higher National qualification. This course provides mature students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications for progression to HNC study. It will prepare you for your next steps in career in law, criminology or police studies. You will learn a range of practical skills and theory transferable to various roles. It is ideal for those wanting to progress to HNC study in law or legal services.

HNC (SCQF Level 7)

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Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting a career in law or legal services. It will suit adult returners or those looking to change career or progress into this field.

What will I study?

You will study Law of Contract, Property Law and Scots Law. You'll learn through groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

Next step course options

Degree or HNC/D in Law or other discipline such as HNC Police Studies, Accounting, Human Resource Management or Business. 

SWAP has partnership programmes with the following universities: 

  • Glasgow Caledonian University 
  • University of the West of Scotland 
  • Scottish Agricultural College - University of Glasgow 
  • University of Stirling 
  • University of Strathclyde 
  • University of the West of Scotland

How will I be assessed?

SQA secure assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

This course will set you on the path to a career in law, legal services and criminology. With an average salary of £42,000 across the UK for newly qualified lawyers and ample job opportunities, this course will introduce you to legal services, preparing you for progression into higher-level study or an entry-level position. Many of our previous students have progressed directly on to our HNC course, with many finding employment with the Crown Office, as paralegals and in a variety of roles. You'll be taught by our experienced staff and get the chance of visits to the Crown Office, local law firms and other organisations, and to hear guest speakers. This course is one of our most popular, so we encourage you to apply early.

Where can this course lead?

This award is suitable for: 

  • those planning to join the police service or a career in legal services or human resources 
  • those wanting a career in other emergency or security service occupations such as the Armed Forces, Fire Service, Prison Service, private security, leisure services or voluntary work.

What are the entry requirements?

No formal entry requirements

What are the interview arrangements?

You will be invited to attend an informal information and enrolment session.

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Other information:

This course is eligible for Bursay funding. Please contact our admissions team if you have further enquiries.

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